Xiaomi patents Apple’s Homepod-like Smart Speaker

A new Xiaomi smart speaker patent has appeared on the website of China’s State Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA), which shows that the smart speaker has a cylindrical design that looks very similar to Apple’s HomePod.

As reported, the patent suggests that Xiaomi’s smart speaker has a circular disc-shaped surface on its upper surface that may provide two functions: a miniature OLED display panel that displays the connection status, volume, media playback, and other such information.

Xiaomi patents Apple's Homepod-like Smart Speaker
Xiaomi patents Apple’s Homepod-like Smart Speaker

Second, the surface that supports touch can provide touch-based or gesture-based controls such as volume, playback, media selection, etc. However, only one of these features may be available.

Xiaomi Smart Speaker Patent Exposure
Xiaomi Smart Speaker Patent Exposure

The patented Xiaomi smart speaker also appears to have a 3.5mm headphone socket and it is not a common feature for smart speaker buyers. Since entering the smartphone business, Xiaomi has built a rapidly evolving smart home ecosystem that is said to fit perfectly.

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Via – 91Mobiles